Eli Tomac Claims 450 Championship

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has done it. He wrote his name into the history books—and he did so one round early. After finishing 1-1 at Budds Creek Motocross Park, and putting the figurative nail in the coffin, the 26-year-old became only the fourth rider in history to complete the three-peat in the premier class of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, joining Ricky Carmichael, Tony DiStefano, and Gary Jones.

As the #1 passed by the mechanics area with one turn to go in the second moto, Tomac got the message “3 TIME CHAMP!!!” on his pit board from mechanic Brian Kranz.

“I didn’t know until the last lap, I still thought I needed one more spot on someone...gosh, what a way to finish off, 1-1,” Tomac said on the podium afterwards.

“To get it done today and a race early is amazing...to go three championships in a row is pretty special and something I am proud of," he said later. "Each championship has been special in its own right, but man am I happy we got it done today. I can’t thank the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and the entire Kawasaki motorcycle corporation enough for all of the hard work and support all season long.”


Words: Racer X
Photo: KHI Japan

19 Aug 2019

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